The Great Casino Fretjob Caper

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  1. Brians Evil Twin

    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    Not a stupid question at all. Epiphone nuts are typically plastic, too tall, cut too deep and action is usually set medium high. Fretwork is usually decent but not stellar.

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    I have so many weaknesses, posting pics is one. I will give it a try, actually it's Ibanez but looks like what you've described. Sounds like it's cut deep to bring it close to 1st fret height. Also, I wouldn't think going from .11s to .12 would make a huge difference in nut string cuts. Would they have to be widened in that case?
     
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    BrianET- I really want to take this Ibanez to another level. I can see the nut is not correct as it should be. I want to just have it done right but after seeing how thorough you are, I wonder if the luthier here would also. Is it standard practice when redoing the nut, a luthier would level frets, if needed, set Truss Rod, and set intonation? Or would I need to specify everyone of those steps?
     
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    Maco, it's not standard practice to level the frets when replacing the nut, it's something you do when A) the frets are worn, have divots, etc. B) are not level. If the frets are not worn and/or have divots, then the strings need to come off, truss rod adjusted until the neck is flat, and Fret Rocker process employed and high frets identified.

    Your luthier should do this as part of their inspection routine.
     
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    thnx Brian
     
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    Got tired of paying through the nose for StewMac shielding tape, so just bit the bullet and ordered this:

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    Brians Evil Twin Poophoria Sōtō Zen V.I.P. Member

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    Funny, just after I thought I got "such a deal", somebody posts a link to this Chinese site: 50MM*50M,COPPER Foil EMI Roll Shielding Tape
     
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    Just finished this Junior kit from Precision last night. It came out pretty well, sounds good and is eminently playable, but let's just say I learned A LOT in the process.

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    Great job Brian, which I kind of expect from you, never seen nothing bad come from those hands.

    Love the HS inlay, where did you get that done ?
     
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    It's just a water slide decal, SGeoff got them somewhere.

    It's surprising how many coats it takes to bury them under the clear lacquer.

    At least 10, and several rounds of wet sanding, otherwise they protrude.
     
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    that's lookin good man. I have high hopes for getting mine done today as well. Precision kits are great! a character building experience for sure:)
     
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    A good day, all three Juniors completed, minus one pickguard.

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    Look a million Brian, fantastic job mate.
     
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    OK, it took about 6 weeks to get this little DC Special back in action.
    It had a broken neck that was repaired professionally but never cosmetically restored.
    It belongs to a friend who paid $20 for it.
    Here's a rundown of work performed:

    1. Fill neck cracks with CA, clamp and sand flat.
    2. Level, recrown and polish frets, scrape and treat fretboard
    3. Repaint with ReRanch TV Yellow & Minwax gloss lacquer
    4. Wet sand and buff, finish with Meguires car wax
    5. Shield switch, control and pickup cavities
    6. Reinstall SD bridge pickup, install new Kent Armstrong neck pup
    7. Install all new caps, pots, braided and cloth wire.
    8. Carve, install and adjust new bone nut
    9. Adjust relief, bridge height and intonate
    10. Test and adjust, test and adjust, test and adjust.

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    Very nice, love the bumblebee look, another triumph Brian.
     
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    Rob, you'll be happy to know that I built the wiring harness from scratch. What a PIA, it's worth every penny to have Jonesy or MSSC make them, especially the 3-way switch.

    Soapbar Specials are more difficult to wire than standard LPs because the switch wire path is crammed in behind the pickups with no slack available.
     
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    Here's a mod you don't see every day - a 70's MIJ Epi Model 6832 set up for slide:

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    Just finished a fret level and set up on a customer's K-Line vintage strat repro, and wow, what a great guitar. It has the truss rod adjustment at the body, so a bit of a pain, but I did get it perfect after a a few tries. You have to anticipate string tension when you set the neck relief, then put it back on the body and measure so a bit of trial and error. The Fiesta Red color is really nice, all thin nitro

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    Another fret level and set up job complete. Agiles are a helluvalotta guitar for the money.

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